New Members 2010 - Wisconsin


House 07

House 08


Date of Birth: April 8, 1955
Birthplace: Mankato, Minn.
Residence: Oshkosh, Wis.
Occupation: Manufacturer and accountant 
Education: B.A., accounting degree from University of Minnesota; coursework for M.B.A.
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife, Jane; three children

Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson (R) made his first-ever visit to Washington in June to meet with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and members of the Senate Republican Conference.

“Literally, three weeks ago I was a full-time businessperson,” Johnson told The Hill after his visit.

Johnson founded Pacur, a plastics manufacturer, with his brother-in-law in 1979. Politics, he said, “is not my life’s ambition.” It was the passage of the healthcare reform bill that prompted Johnson to run.

Before getting into politics, Johnson’s passion was education. He spent considerable time and money working to improve local schools as a member of the Unified Catholic Schools board and president of the Partners in Education Council created by the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce.


Date of Birth: Oct. 3, 1971
Birthplace: Hayward, Wis.
Residence: Ashland, Wis.
Occupation:  Attorney
Education: B.A., St. Mary’s University; J.D., William Mitchell College of Law 
Previous Office Held:  District attorney, Ashland County, 2002-2010
Family: Wife, Rachel; six children

Sean Duffy provided Republicans with a trophy for the election cycle, capturing a seat House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey held for 40 years. Duffy, who had been planning to run even before Obey announced his retirement, got an early jump on Democrat Julie Lassa and didn’t look back. Besides being known for his role on MTV’s “The Real World,” he is also a five-time world-champion log climber.

Duffy served for eight years as district attorney in Ashland County, Wis., earning a reputation as being tough on child sex crimes. During the campaign, Duffy called for extending the tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of year, reforming the tax code and expanding trade. 


Date of Birth: April 5, 1956
Birthplace: Neenah, Wis.
Residence: DePere, Wis.
Occupation: Roofing contractor
Education:  Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music
Previous Office Held:  None
Family: Wife DeaNa, two sons, two grandchildren

Reid Ribble doesn’t have the background normally associated with a congressman, but then again, 2010 was not a normal year for politics.

Ribble attended the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music after high school with the intention of entering the ministry, but instead joined his father’s roofing business in 1976. The Wisconsinite became the president of the company in 1981 and later became highly involved in the industry and community activities.

Sensing momentum for Republicans in 2010, the political novice Ribble decided to challenge Rep. Steve Kagen (D), who has held 8th district’s seat since 2006, a wave year for Democrats. Before that, a Republican had held the district for 26 of the previous 28 years.

During his campaign, Ribble downplayed his lack of political experience, arguing his time as a small-business owner taught him how to create jobs.